February 21, 2020

Akio takes opening qualifier at TITC

Having topped seeding at the Infinity Addict Circuit yesterday, Akio Sobue carried his speed into qualifying at the TITC taking the opening round in Bangkok. The Infinity driver would TQ the first of the four qualifiers by 2.6-seconds from team-mate Jilles Groskamp with it an all Infinity Top 5. While Naoto Matsukura would break after contact with the track barriers, Viktor Wilck would set the third fastest time ahead of surprise of Q1,  Ryosuke Yamamoto.  Running in the 2nd fastest heat after being 12th fastest in seeding he would set the fourth fastest time ahead of Jin Sawada.  Best of the rest would be Yokomo’s Nicholas Lee who was a disappointed 6th ahead of team-mate Meen Vejrak.  Having shown strong in seeding with the second fastest time, Yokomo’s Souta Goto visibly struggled, quickly being passed on track by Groskamp and eventually posting the 9th fastest time.

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February 20, 2020

Sobue tops seeding at TITC

Akio Sobue has topped seeding at the TITC, with the Infinity driver quickest from Yokomo’s Souta Goto over 3-consecutive laps of this year’s high speed layout at the Infinity Addict Circuit. In the first of the two controlled practice runs, the 2018 Champion was fastest from team-mate Naoto Matsukura but rocket round conditions for the second round produced a big improvement in times as Sobue went almost half a second clear, this time ahead of Goto who was placed in the slowest of the much depleted Modified field. Jilles Groskamp completed the Top 3 ahead of Viktor Wilck, while Matsukura, unable to better his opening time, dropped to fifth with Atsushi Hara completing the Top 6. Unfortunately the coronavirus has impacted hugely on the international entry at the 18th running of Asia’s most famous RC. Concerns over the health of their drivers in travelling to Asia means multiple champions Xray are not in attendance meaning we wont get the opportunity to watch Alexander Hagberg attempt to defend the title he won here last year. Also missing from the entry are TITC regulars and World Champions Bruno Coelho, Ronald Volker and Marc Rheinard.

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February 20, 2020

H2 Racing Development TRF420/419MM battery hooks

Coming soon from H2 Racing Development are new carbon fibre battery holders for their Tamiya TRF420MM and TRF419MM mid-motor conversion kits. Machined from high-quality Torayca carbon fibre for a low weight and exceptional durability the adjustable battery mounts are usable with H2RD’s own MM chassis plates while the mounts will also fit the 419X and 419XR original chassis plates, however this requires some easy to perform modifications to the main plates. Due to the design of the chassis, the hooks are not usable with the original TRF419 chassis. The battery mount set, that uses fibre-reinforced tape to secure the battery, is available for pre-order now and it will become available around early March.

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February 20, 2020

Yokomo YD-2 heatsink rear motor mount

Coming from Yokomo and made for the rear motor YD-2 series of RWD drift cars is a special heatsink aluminium motor mount. Machined from aluminium and featuring a heatsink design for improved heat dissipation, the motor mount also allows for seven motor height adjustments that enable the owner to adjust the car’s centre of gravity according to the driving style and track conditions. A new ultra low mounting position allows for an even wider range of settings. The motor mount comes black anodised for looks and with machined silver highlights.

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February 20, 2020

Yokomo BD10 split rear inner brass suspension mounts

Coming from Yokomo are new split rear inner suspension mounts made of heavy brass material. Of the same shape as the standard NA alloy mounts, the brass items add 6g at both sides without sacrificing chassis space, helping to easily adjust chassis balance if conditions call for it. The mounts come black anodised and with machined edge details.

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February 19, 2020

Sweep Racing 24mm spoke rims

Coming from Sweep are new 24mm spoke rims for 1/10th scale FWD and GT cars. Made of a durable PC material and coming in white or black colour, the rims feature two low profile inner ribs that allow for a greater air gap between insert and tyre. The rims are ideal for the recently introduced Sweep treaded tyres but are also usable with most standard 24mm touring car tyres.

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February 19, 2020

DJ Apolaro TQs & wins at Florida Nitro Series Rd4

Last weekend saw the running of the fourth round of the Florida Nitro Series. In the 1/8th scale Pro class it was a tight battle for the TQ. Ultimately DJ Apolaro would take the overall TQ with Gianni Giorgio and Roniel Regalado coming in 2nd and 3rd respectively. For the main there was a little bit of a rain delay, but the organisers were able to get the race going, however they shortened the mains from 30 to 20 minutes and this made is possible to race. When the final started DJ had to pit after just the 4th lap for a quick tune and this would drop him to 6th, while this allowed Gianni and others to get up front with the lead. While leading Gianni would make an error just a few laps later, meanwhile DJ was working his way back to the front pack. After about 13 laps DJ was back to the front and was able to keep the lead till the end. In the end is was DJ Apolaro (Capricorn) 1st, Tony Rice (Shepherd) in 2nd some three laps down and Mike Strack (Xray) in 3rd just five seconds off Tony.

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February 19, 2020

2019/20 Essex Winter Series Rd4 – Report

The penultimate round of the 2019/20 Essex Winter Series took place this weekend. With storm Dennis creating some difficult weather conditions around the country, the entry count ended up being a little lower than the usual full sell-out as some people were prevented from travelling. However, the competition was still close and battles for every position were important. Elliott Harper was already within touching distance of the overall Modified championship, but didn’t get the event off to the start he would need to secure the title on the day – making a number of mistakes in Q1. This allowed Kyle Branson to take the first round with his Capricorn, just ahead of the Yokomo of Harley Eldridge and the Awesomatix of Chris Grainger. Elliott took fourth, with Billy Fletcher, now confirmed as the Super Stock Champion, switching to Modified for the final events and taking a very impressive fifth in round.

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